Government Accountability Project Issues Statement on Edward Snowden & NSA Domestic Surveillance

By: Friday June 14, 2013 2:28 pm

Jesselyn Radack is the National Security & Human Rights Director at the Government Accountability Project (GAP) and is a contributing editor at Firedoglake. The following is a press release from GAP. Recently, the American public learned that the National Security Agency (NSA) has conducted, and continues to conduct, wholesale surveillance of U.S. citizens through a [...]

Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker’s New Ambitious Feature Documentary on War on Whistleblowers

By: Sunday February 17, 2013 7:02 pm

The trailer for the documentary in production opens with a quote from writer George Orwell: If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. It is an appropriate setup for a film that Oscar-nominated filmmaker James Spione has set out to produce to show [...]

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou, Sentenced to 30 Months in Jail, Wears Conviction as ‘Badge of Honor’

By: Friday January 25, 2013 10:11 am

A former CIA officer, who was the first member of the agency to publicly acknowledge that torture was official US policy under the administration of President George W. Bush, has been sentenced to thirty months in jail. He was convicted in October of last year of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) when he [...]

Former CIA Officer John Kiriakou: Justice Department is Targeting Whistleblowers

By: Wednesday January 23, 2013 11:46 am

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on waterboarding and exposed how CIA torture was policy, was convicted of a classified leak for sharing the name of an officer involved in the rendition program with a reporter. He is set to be sentenced to jail for thirty months on Friday. Kiriakou appeared on [...]

Defense Will Not Be Allowed to Discuss Bradley Manning’s Good Faith During Trial

By: Thursday January 17, 2013 11:43 am

A military judge granted a government motion and ruled the defense could not argue motive during the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier being prosecuted by the military for releasing classified information to WikiLeaks. The decision, which is not available to the press or public, found the defense would not be able to discuss [...]

Pardon John Kiriakou, CIA Whistleblower Convicted of Classified Leak

By: Tuesday January 15, 2013 4:16 pm

Days before John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer convicted of a classified leak, is scheduled to be sentenced to thirty months in jail, support for him is growing. Ralph Nader, consumer advocate and former presidential candidate, Joan Claybrook, a lawyer who once served as president of Public Citizen and Bruce Fein, lawyer active on civil [...]

Obama’s Re-Election: What His Campaign Slogan ‘Forward’ Really Meant & What It Means Now

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 7:23 am

The slogan of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign was “Forward.” As progressives and others celebrate his victory, they need to take a moment to soberly reflect on the reality that his second term will be marked by advancing policies that he helped institutionalize or allowed to become further entrenched—some of which picked up on expanding [...]

John Kiriakou, CIA Whistleblower, Pleads Guilty to Disclosing Information Identifying a Covert Agent

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 12:24 pm

John Kiriakou, a former CIA agent, pled guilty this morning to disclosing information identifying a covert agent. The plea was part of a deal with prosecutors to only go to jail for up to thirty months. The charge he pled guilty to was under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA).  According to Reuters, “court papers” [...]

Ex-CIA Agent John Kiriakou, Accused of Leaks, Has Subpoenaed Journalists: Who Are They?

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 2:06 pm

Ex-CIA agent John Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on torture authorized by the administration of President George W. Bush, is accused of leaking classified information to journalists on the identities of a “covert CIA officer” and details on the other role of “another CIA employee in classified activities.” He was indicted in April on charges [...]

Congress, Obama Administration Move to Deny Intelligence Employees Whistleblower Protections

By: Tuesday October 2, 2012 1:55 pm

The House of Representatives passed a whistleblower protection bill by unanimous consent on September 28. It expanded protection for disclosures of government wrongdoing and reformed certain government processes for review of whistleblower retaliation claims. But, the House removed an entire section of the legislation that would have provided some degree of protection for intelligence officials. [...]

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